Yesterday, a man who was found guilty of trafficking women out of the UK, was sentenced to 20 years in jail. This was the first prosecution of its kind in the UK.
Before an attempt was made to traffick two girls, 14 and 16, out of the country, the girls were imprisoned in the man’s UK home where he used their belief in Juju magic to control them. Read the BBC news story here.
I remember when I was younger and first learned about trafficking, people thought of human trafficking as something that only happened somewhere else – ‘poor’ countries in Asia, Africa, or South America, maybe even Eastern Europe.
After time and a lot of awareness raising, I think more people are becoming aware that human beings are trafficked into countries all over the world – ‘rich’ and ‘poor.’ However, I think the stereotype still partially persists in that these are people from ‘poor’ countries in Asia, Africa, or South America, maybe even Eastern Europe.
Having grown up in the US, I understand how it can be hard for a lot of people to imagine that people are actually being trafficking OUT of some of the richest countries like the UK, USA, or Canada to ‘poorer’ countries but that is the reality. Human trafficking is not bounded by geographical borders, economic status, race, religion, gender, or age. Human trafficking is a universal problem that can take place in the backyard of your community, no matter if you live in an exclusive Beverly Hills community or Indonesian slums.
So now that you know trafficking can be taking place in your backyard, what can you do about?
You can join STOP THE TRAFFIK and do your part to make your community and communities around the world, hostile to human trafficking. Take part in the chocolate campaign, raise money for a girl’s education through Freedom Ticket For Life and/or join or start a local ACT group. Not everyone can dedicate all of their time to fighting human trafficking but there are a lot of small things you can do in your day to day life that can make a big difference.
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– Elizabeth, Intern at STOP THE TRAFFIK